Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New ISAAA Publication: Adoption and Uptake Pathways of Biotech Crops in the Philippines

A team of researchers from the University of the Philippines Los BaƱos (UPLB) conducted a survey in 2011 to analyze how biotech corn farmers in the Philippines started to adopt the technology. The results of their study showed that peer and kinship systems facilitate the adoption and uptake pathways of biotech corn in selected provinces of Luzon.

Dr. Cleofe Torres and her team noted that the changes in the lives of farmers who adopted Bt corn include increased yield and income. They also found out that seed technicians played an important role in the adoption process as they convinced farmers to plant biotech crops. Traders, on the other hand, provided farmers with capital to buy seeds and other needed farm inputs. The farmers surveyed also said that they are anticipating the commercial release of other Bt crops such as Bt eggplant.

The results of the UPLB study are now published in a monograph entitled "Adoption and Update Pathways of Biotechnology Crops: The case of Biotech Corn Farmers in Selected Provinces of Luzon, Philippines" that ISAAA co-published with the College of Development communication, UPLB (CDC-UPLB) and the Southeast Asia Regional Center for Graduate Study and REsearch in Agriculture (SEARCA).

The monograph is available for free download from ISAAA's website at http://www.isaaa.org/resources/publications/adoption_and_uptake_pathways_of_bioech_crops/download/.

For more information materials, visit the biotech information resources page at ISAAA's website here: http://www.isaaa.org/resources/default.asp.

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